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Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAT)

Ethnic Minority Achievement Team

The Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAT) is a team of professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, and family support workers.

We work with schools to support pupils who speak English as an additional language (EAL), and Traveller, fair and circus pupils, to access high-quality education.

We also work with families who speak English as an additional language to help them to apply for school places for children.

We're a small, professional, and approachable team with many years of experience, and believe that providing a holistic approach to supporting our families is the most effective way to ensure that our EAL and Traveller pupils achieve their potential.

Our work

What we do


As a service, we:

  • support and promote the educational achievement of BAME students
  • welcome International New Arrivals (INA), and support them to access school and educational opportunities
  • offer targeted support in-school to promote EAL across the curriculum and support EAL learners to achieve, in partnership with schools
  • act as an important link between school and home, attending admissions meetings and providing translation and interpreting services to help with communication between school and home
  • provide and promote cultural awareness
  • deliver training, including bespoke training packages in school
  • assess students' language upon first arrival to accurately identify need, and provide a focus on pupil progression
  • attend meetings and network with other professionals working with EAL learners and their families to ensure a co-ordinated approach
  • provide in-school support to Traveller, fair and circus students and family liaison to improve attendance and educational opportunities

How we can help



Do you need help with applying for a school for your child or have questions about what school in England is like? The Ethnic Minority Achievement Team can help you. Find out more about our support for families.

Schools and education providers

Schools and education providers can subscribe to an annual package to access to the services listed above. We can also provide bespoke packages of support on request. Find out more about our support for schools.

Contact us


We're based at Newport Community Hub.

To find out more about the team, and the services we provide, email emat@middlesbrough.gov.uk. You can also call us on 01642 802893, 01642 201881, or 01642 727338.